Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is India's entry for Oscar

Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is India's entry for Oscar

The movie, written, directed and co-produced by debut filmmaker Salim Ahamed, is a family drama starring Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab.

The film recently won four National awards including Best Feature film and Best Actor for Kumar, who essayed the lead role of the struggling unani medicine and perfume salesman.
Supran Sen, chairman of Film Federation of India, the body that selects movies for Oscars, told PTI, "'Adaminte Makan Abu' has been selected as India's official entry for the Oscars.

The film beat 15 other movies in consideration."
It was selected ahead of films like "No One Killed Jessica", "7 Khoon Maaf" and "Dhobi Ghat" (all Hindi), Rajinikanth-starrer "Enthiran", "KO" and "Aadukalam" (Tamil) and "Moner Manush" (Bengali), chairman of Oscar Nominations Committee of FFI, B Lenin, told reporters here.

"It is a simple story which describes human values," Lenin said while explaining the rationale behind nominating the film, whose music scored by Isaac Thomas Kottukkapally also won the national award. Madhu Ampat who wielded the camera won the national award for cinematography.

Other films received by the committee were "Guzaarish", "Chillar Party" and "I am Kalam" (all Hindi), "Deiva Thirumagan", and "Muran" (Tamil), "Urumi" (Malayalam), "Mala Aai Vhhaychy" (Marathi) and "Alla Modalaindi" (Telugu).
"Adaminte Makan Abu" (Abu, Son of Adam) is a simple yet evocative articulation of humanist values.

Kumar and Wahab sell all their belongings but are not able to collect enough money for Haj. Abu (Kumar) even cuts off the tree in front of his house. Later, he regrets his selfish act and plants a sapling and prays at a mosque on the Haj morning.

Meanwhile, FFI vice-president Ravi Kottarakkara appealed for central government help -- "physical and financial" -- when Indian entries are sent for the prestigious Oscars, saying it involved a lot of input cost.

"The government should extend physical and financial help as costs relating to press shows, screenings and related activities work up to at least Rs 3-4 crore," he said.

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